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What is it that makes this composition so memorable?
Is it the triangular meaning of the relationship?
Is it Harrison’s right hand on Taylor’s right arm?
Is it the orange pillow?
Is it the theme of middle-aged man in competition with virile young hunk?
Is it Cleopatra’s eyes, looking at neither of her admirers but gazing out
with complete self-possession?
There’s something that just hooks you.
And I don’t know what it is.
If only the film were equally compelling!
There really isn’t a love triangle in the film — the first half is about Cleopatra’s affair with Julius Caesar, the second about her affair with Antony. The two men have hardly any scenes together. Mankiewicz planned to release it in two parts, each over 2 1/2 hours long, but the Taylor-Burton scandal scotched that idea — Fox figured that people wouldn’t sit through the Rex Harrison half when what they really wanted was to see Taylor and Burton clinching on screen. In fact, the Taylor-Harrison scenes are much more interesting, even though the two disliked each other.
Between the two of you, the movie trivia potential is completely mind blowing.
Our minds are filled with useless information.
The most interesting information is always the useless kind.
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